Handel quits as Secretary of State, says she’s “all in” for governor’s race

Secretary of State Karen Handel, who has been in her job less than three years,  said today she will resign to put all her efforts toward running for governor.

Handel’s decision will allow her to raise money during the 2010 legislative session, which begins Jan. 11. Under state law, lawmakers and elected  officials can’t raise money during legislative sessions.

Former Senate leader Eric Johnson of Savannah quit the General Assembly earlier this year to boost his gubernatorial campaign as well.

“The people of Georgia need to know I am all in for the governor’s race,” Handel said. “This decision allows me to focus 100 percent on becoming the Republican nominee and winning in November.”

Some of the other GOP candidates, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Rep. Austin Scott and Sen. Jeff Chapman, will be barred from raising money during the session.

Handel said she also is resigning to steer clear of any potential  accusations that she is using her office to benefit her campaign. The Secretary of State’s office handles election and voting issues.

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Voice of Reason

December 22nd, 2009
1:41 pm

Ray McBerry for governor 2010!

So long sucker

December 22nd, 2009
1:42 pm

Good riddance, take the rest of your crew with you.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

December 22nd, 2009
1:44 pm

Is everyone in public office using the current job as a stepping stone to higher office? Did Handel tell us during her campaign that she was not going to fill out her term if she thought the governor’s race might attract her? Politicians, it’s not about you! You are elected on our behalf because you want to serve us. While I might have previously considered voting for Handel for governor, is she going to resign the governorship is she someday thinks she might run for president or senator? Oh, of course not. Just this time.

Jack in Sandy Springs

December 22nd, 2009
1:45 pm

I like Karen BUT this is a BAD move. She is giving up her duties so she can raise money for higher office after serving less than one full term? Why quit unless she is putting ambition over service. I will probably vote for her anyway but not real impressed.

Glad She Is Leaving

December 22nd, 2009
1:46 pm

Good riddance – just keep on going – won’t improve your chances to get my vote for anything but the most obnoxious individual out there.

BIOMASS

December 22nd, 2009
1:50 pm

Karen was a great Fulton County commissioner, a great Secretary of State, and she’ll be a fantastic Governor of Georgia!

I'm Concerned about Karen Handel having no Formal Education

December 22nd, 2009
1:51 pm

I’m glad she resigned. She did nothing for the Secretary of State Office. If she’s elected as Governor, she will be the second Governor elected without a College Degree (Lester Maddox). The State is in to much trouble to have another DUMB GOVERNOR such as Perdue and Handel. Handel’s best bet is to go get a College Degree and then come back to the Citizens of Georgia.

lonora

December 22nd, 2009
1:52 pm

another racist dump ass, digging Georgia into a BIGGER MESS!

a former employee

December 22nd, 2009
1:53 pm

she never really had her heart in running the office anyway.

Tom in Roswell

December 22nd, 2009
1:53 pm

I hear she’s taking some time off to study for her GED.

Jim

December 22nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Kandel Handel is the Worst Secretary of State Georgia has ever seen.

Marcos

December 22nd, 2009
1:58 pm

How about focusing on the job you were HIRED TO DO! If she is not able to handle (HA!) her work as Secretary of State AND run for Governor, then she has no business being governor.

Dan

December 22nd, 2009
2:00 pm

We do not need a Governor without a formal education. How can you run a State as large as Georgia is and you have no formal education. I do not believe she’s smarter than a fifth grader.
Wake up Georgia! Karen Handel should resign as Secretary of State and get out of the Governor’s race. She’s does not have the proper education for it.

Howard

December 22nd, 2009
2:01 pm

We do not need a Governor without a formal education. How can you run a State as large as Georgia is and you have no formal education. I do not believe she’s smarter than a fifth grader.
Wake up Georgia! Karen Handel should resign as Secretary of State and get out of the Governor’s race. She’s does not have the proper education for it.

KIM

December 22nd, 2009
2:04 pm

Roy Barnes is the MAN for the job.

Its a Mess

December 22nd, 2009
2:08 pm

Great Move, Karen! Now, make another by going back to school! If knowledge is power—its easy to understand why Georgia is always near the bottom! We promote incompetence and criticize and fire the educated and smart–its a friend help friend network at the top of state government. Good luck!

Jeffrey

December 22nd, 2009
2:09 pm

I see not the big fuss about a college education. Case in point: George W. Bush and Sonny Perdue. Need I say more? The first entry to bring this up even mispelled “too” as “to”. Maybe they need to go back to get a college education. While I doubt I will vote for Ms. Handel, I am not hung up on a college education requirement. I want someone with street smarts and good old-fashioned common sense. My father did not have a college education, and he was a very successful businessman running a large operation. He did it through hard work and common sense.

Mel

December 22nd, 2009
2:10 pm

Guess it’s a good thing my grandfather – one of the smartest men I knew – was only a highly successful businessman in a major, national company. Clearly his degree from “the school of hard knocks” (as he called it) didn’t do him any good.

Charles

December 22nd, 2009
2:10 pm

At least she is consistent – dumped Fulton County the minute she had the chance for Sec of State and so is anyone suprised — another political climber who only cares about gaining power and not doing the job she said she wanted so badly.

julia

December 22nd, 2009
2:11 pm

I’m getting pretty darned tired of our elected officials resigning so they can focus on campaigning for another elected position. We elected you for a reason and you made a promise to the citizens to uphold your integrity (or at least the lie you sold us on) and complete the duties of that office. That promise was not made with the understanding that you can quit if something better may come along next year that now requires your attention. That is like a new mother putting her child up for adoption because she wants to try for twins next year. If Karen is elected as our governor, how long will she stay until she quits to run for something else? Perhaps these yahoos that we elected should learn a lesson from Tommy Irvin.

itsme

December 22nd, 2009
2:12 pm

Hopefully, this signals the end of her political career and ambitions.

Lisa T

December 22nd, 2009
2:13 pm

4 words: Denise Majette, Cathy Woolard.

Good people who also reached too high too soon. Where are they now?

Patriotic American

December 22nd, 2009
2:14 pm

Karen Handel must be one of the few Secretaries of State whose sole “accomplishment” in office it to make it harder for honest citizens to vote. Anyone who has ever been near two independently collected databases of full names knows that is extremely difficult to match them because of alternate spellings. Either Handel knew this and tried to disenfrachise voters deliberately, or she is a total incompetent. I suspect it is the former — which means she has tried to further her own blind ambition by taking away the God-given rights of our citizens. For shame.

Please, Republicans, vote for one of the other candidates, who merely seem to be financially sleazy. Any of them would be far preferable to someone who has trampled on our most important right, one which Americans continue to fight and die for in Iraq and Afghanistan. Karen Handel is a total disgrace.

fred

December 22nd, 2009
2:15 pm

So far I think our best choice for Governor is to leave the job vacant……

Nothing getting done is far better than what our elected officials are doing now.

td

December 22nd, 2009
2:15 pm

Its a Mess, State government has been a friend help friend network ever since Zell did away with the merit system and went to Georgia Gain. Does not matter if it is Dems or Republicans in charge.

icon

December 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Dan, Howard, your formal education certainly didn’t help you double post under two different names. Get a refund from your chosen institute of higher learning or l2usetehinternets.

fred

December 22nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Cynthia McKinney for Gov!!!!

Give her any crap and she will bitch slap you!!!!

Mark

December 22nd, 2009
2:18 pm

The same people complaining are the ones that would be screaming about how “unfair” it was that she was overseeing an election she was in…you can’t have it both ways.

td

December 22nd, 2009
2:20 pm

Patriotic American, Do not worry, she will not make it out of the primary. I do disagree about voting and do think one should have to prove they are eligible to vote. Voting is a right and responsibility for “honest”, Georgia resident, US Citizens only.

Cutty

December 22nd, 2009
2:23 pm

Palinesque if you ask me. I mean who wants someone running a multi-billion dollar corporation without a bachelor’s degree. Get Real! A college degree may not mean everything, but it sure means something when you’re the Chief Executive of a state. She could’ve completed a degree online during the time she was SoS. Not getting my vote.

Happy Holidays

December 22nd, 2009
2:25 pm

There IS a God!!!
Good riddance! Karen Handel is self serving, rude, obnoxious and rules with the hand of a dictator. She is toxic for Georgia!

Change in Georgia

December 22nd, 2009
2:27 pm

Karen is a racist and I am voting for Roy Barnes.
Karen need to focus on getting a GED

jamal

December 22nd, 2009
2:30 pm

This lady does not stay put does she, worked for Sonny, then on to Fulton County, now quitting as SOS, I really hope she does not think people in this state are even taking her serious anymore. If by some miracle she does become governor she will quit that job after serving two years so that she can run for the US Senate……………….lol, what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

td

December 22nd, 2009
2:31 pm

Roy had his turn and I was not impressed. Teachers hated him because he wanted to do to teachers what Zell did to State employees and strip them of any protection to stop politicians from getting elected and putting in their buddies to run everything. Smart move teachers because the real state employees have been hosed now for 12 years.

Change in Georgia

December 22nd, 2009
2:32 pm

Karen Handel remind me of Sarah Palin

Sp Ed Teacher

December 22nd, 2009
2:44 pm

Tax payers–remember “King” Roy? I do and I know that teachers–both active and retired vote and it will be for whomever is running against him. A woman Governor, why not?

Will

December 22nd, 2009
2:52 pm

This is a continuing non-partisan problem.

When republican or democrat politicans ask people for their support, including their donations, time and vote, they should be morally driven to complete their term in office.

In addition, this is a continuing non-partisan problem among staff members and appointees. On the presidential level, thousands of these people (including some high level appointees) begin to bail as early as 18 months prior to the end of their appointment/staff position. This leaves the positions in the hands of caretakers for a significant period of time.

If a politician want to run for something else, fine. Just finish the prior commitment before going after something else.

I have contacted 9 of the people running for governor of Georgia and asked for their pledge that, if elected, they will commit to completing their term rather than quitting prior to the end of the term in order to run for some other political office. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Cutty

December 22nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Sp Ed Teacher- I thought the teachers would want someone in office who was as serious about education as they were. Roy Barnes may have ruffled feather years ago, but voting for Handel is cutting off your nose to spite your face. Republicans have shown how little they value educators. your pay was cut, some laid off, all the while Sonny’s Go Fish program stayed fully funded. Handel is but a microcosm of what republican leadership will continue to do to education in Georgia. She has no need for it herself.

Garth Algar

December 22nd, 2009
3:08 pm

Hats off to Handel, I wish more of our elected officials had this kind of heart. Losers like John Oxendine would rather ignore the state they are supposed to serve and instead wallow around blowing smoke about how much they really care and full time campaigning. Handel and Johnson both should be applauded for making bold moves of sacrificing the stability of an office and putting it all on the line.

Ethical Hogwash

December 22nd, 2009
3:17 pm

If you read her press statement, she talks about ethics. How ethical is she, just take a look at the background of her HR Director. That will tell you just how ethical she is.

Cincinnatus

December 22nd, 2009
3:19 pm

Nice spin job, Garth! Karen has done nothing more than grandstand on the ID issue, even threatening to sue President Obama over it (whatever happened to that, anyway?). Reminds me of how Mike Kenn jumped ship just ahead of relevations that his resturaunt was WAY behing in paying taxes. Let’s see… Pailin, Richardson, Handel… The plot thickens!

Good Government

December 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Well, I for one think it’s a good thing that someone who is running for higher office is not sucking off the government dime to run. We should have more honest people serving like Karen Handel.

Kuddos on the bold move.

Mark Burkee

December 22nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Karen Handel should be applauded for resigning as Secretary of State. She will no longer be receiving a paycheck from the state, and she resigned on her own good will rather than embroiled in a scandal.

She avoided any potential conflict of interest by resigning. Why would someone criticize this? I do not understand this.

d

December 22nd, 2009
3:44 pm

In the past three years, we have seen the most politically charged Secretary of State in an office that by its very nature should be politically neutral. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, to show respect for the process, the SoS should stay out of the political sphere so as not to show any bias. Karen Handel has not done that.

On a side note, what happens to the office in the event of a vacancy?

Garth Algar

December 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Cincinnatus,
Thanks, but the spin job award should go to the AJC with the headline. It this were someone from the democratic party of your Dear Leader Obama the headline would softly coo something like “Handel Puts People First.”

The Snark

December 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

What’s the deal with Republican women who don’t stick around to finish their terms?

tc

December 22nd, 2009
4:33 pm

you are forgetting folks this state rates pretty high on the goober scale….

If you're going to trash ladder-climbers...

December 22nd, 2009
4:59 pm

Be sure to include our current president on that list. The man spent his entire Senate *career* doing one thing: campaigning for the presidency. That’s pretty much the bulk of his experience: he’s a campaigner and very little of anything else.

ShruteBeets

December 22nd, 2009
5:52 pm

If Office’s Dunder Mifflin Paper Company was a newspaper, then it would be the ajc. And the “news” story in today’s ajc announcing Ms. Handel’s resignation would have been written by MIchael Scott and Dwight Schrute. Readers would have given them a pass for not knowing the the basics of journalism. Unfortunately, the ajc is an actual newspaper. Their reporters don’t get a pass. When you use the qualifying phrase, “who has been in her job less than three years,” you are editorializing…particularly when it’s used in the lead paragraph. When you state, without attribution, that “Handel is outspoken, acerbic and quick to criticize,” you are editorializing. Journalism 101. Either ajc reporters earn their journalism degrees from Dunder Mifflin University or ajc bosses believe that its readers are so freaking stupid that they can ignore the rules of journalism and never get called on it. After reading some of the reader comments, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. Of course, it could just be that the ajc is an ultra-liberal rag that is still mad at Ms. Handel for enforcing something as universally fair and just as Georgia’s voter ID law. Boo hoo.

Cutty

December 22nd, 2009
6:08 pm

Shrute- Is it not FACT that she has served less than 3 years of her term?

Where in the blog does it say “Handel is outspoken, acerbic and quick to criticize”?

ShruteBeets

December 22nd, 2009
6:46 pm

Cutty–It is also fact that she served almost 3 years of her term. It is also fact that she served more than two years of her term. The point is that the reporter intentionally presented the length of her tenure in a negative context. In a news story, if it was necessary to state the length of her tenure, then an objective reporter would simply note that she has served since such and such date…and let the reader decide its significance for him/herself. I didn’t say that the “Handel is outspoken, acerbic and quick to criticize” statement was in the blog. It’s in the news section: http://www.ajc.com/news/secretary-of-state-karen-252245.html.

VoterGA Supporter

December 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Karen Handel is Corrupt Georgia plant of the Right Wing/NEOCon machine. She was right hand to Dan Quayle so longterm GOP operative. She has single handedly kept the most corrupt voting machines by Diebold in Georgia, stealing our votes, but has shut down any kind of judicial appeals from the Voterga.org group who now have a great case to appeal to the supreme court. All the evidence and facts, and the judges made NO REBUTTALS. In fact her office somehow lost complaints sent regarding these machines. She has been in a corrupt investigation in Cherokee county to PROVE voter fraud because the republicans need some way for poor white or african americans to be disenfranchised from voting. She uses the GBI as handily as Bush/Cheney used the CIA and blackwater to do his evil bidding. It doesn’t matter she doesn’t have a degree.. she’s streetwise and scary as hell. She would drive Georgia backwards 20 years if she became governor. At least with Sonny Perdue, the guy’s a total idiot, it’s been more like having a monkey run the state.. with Handel, the GOP will get a huge lever to try out some heinous corporate/outsourcing and Gubenatorial tricks. My family lives in Georgia and I would not wish Karen handel on my worst enemy. Thankfully there will be so many GOP primary challengers she’ll be cut to shreds before the primary. She will also not succeed if a strong Senate or House Rep /Dem moderate moves forward to run a race.. I’ve heard a few good names but non confirmed. Bottom line the same way Cathy Cox was attacked for her position on Diebold and the gay community will be make or break for the next governor’s race. that is unless they control the voting machines in which case, Handel is a shoo in as they all make the deal to be governor if they keep the machines in stealing our votes.. the only reason Cox was not governor is the Neocons dumped her when she was no longer useful.

Garland

December 22nd, 2009
8:21 pm

If you want to know why she resigned see the Complaints tab of http://www.voterga.org web site

oldtimer

December 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm

As a retired teacher NO to Barnes forever!!

ShruteBeets

December 23rd, 2009
12:37 am

Shout out to VoterGA Supporter, Garland and Oldtimer for helping to validate my thesis in an earlier post that the ajc doesn’t feel the need to adhere to fundamental journalism practices because it believes so many of its readers are…how shall I put this…not hitting on all cognitive cylinders?
VoterGA Supporter: I saw your 6:59 pm post in the Guinness Book of World Records under the heading, Longest Post Without a Single Lucid Thought. Congratulations!
Garland: In your 8:21 pm post, you said we should go to http://www.voterga.org to find out why Ms. Handel resigned. I went to http://www.voterga.org. Browsed around a good half hour or so. Never found those reasons for Ms. Handel’s resignation. Never even found the reason for the website. Guiness is creating a brand new category just for http://www.voterga.org: Most Stunningly Incomprehensible Website EVER! I noticed numerous solicitations for donations on the site. Are you going to tell me that people actually donate money AFTER they’ve visited that site? In the future, you might want to forgo the website invite and go straight to the donation request.
Oldtimer: Your 10:41 pm comment was, “As a retired teacher NO to Barnes forever!!” Interesting contribution….even though it comes from out of nowhere.

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Cutty

December 23rd, 2009
8:17 am

Shrute- Nice try buddy. Either way you cut it, she did not serve the full length of the term she was elected for. Even using your logic, saying she served more than two years of her term doesn’t fly with an informed person. She quit to pursue a higher office, something she has a track record of doing, period.

The Snark

December 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

Shrute:

Good luck finding ANYBODY who will disagree with the statement that “Handel is outspoken, acerbic and quick to criticize.” Sorry you took it as an insult, but even the people on her own team will tell you that statement is 100% true.

Joe

December 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

Karen Handel spent more time as Secretary of State than Barack Obama did as a US Senator. Bill Clinton was mid-term when he was elected, as I recall. This criticism isn’t about finishing a term. It’s obviously just rank partisanship trying to camouflage itself but clearly focusing only on Republicans. Sorry, libs, but your tactic is transparent (unlike health care debate as promised).

I have met Handel several times and admire her. Georgia needs a person who can apply common sense to the issues that face us. (Voting only by the actual citizenry… what a great concept!) She doesn’t need to go back and get a degree. She has achieved great things despite obstacles and disadvantages. If she were in the other party, these same critics would be hailing her as the role model she is.

Cutty

December 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

Joe- Yeah, thats all she may have is common sense as book smarts have seemed to elude her. I’m sure if Thurbert Baker didn’t have a college degree, nor was a lawyer, you’d be championing his bid for Governor too, with his strong common sense skills. Whatever.

Joe

December 23rd, 2009
10:37 am

I’ve met Thurbert Baker a number of times. I worked with him on a conference in April. I think he’s a nice man and a qualified candidate who represents a political point of view that I do not share. I was intrigued by his collegiate fencing background, but I do not support him for Governor.

I hope my kids will seek a college degree. I serve on an academic scholarship selection committee for an SEC university – obviously I think college is important. That said, I do not think a degree is a guarantee of success, nor is it the sole indicator of capability, valor, or principle. (Take a look at climate science news in the last several weeks… those dishonorable nitwits have doctorates.)

My father has no degree. I watched him pull himself up by the bootstraps out of a disadvantaged family environment and into the American middle class. I admire that kind of grit, persistence, and achievement as much or more than I admire any diploma. I see similar qualities in Karen Handel, and that is one of many reasons why I support her candidacy.

What is her point of view on issues that matter to Georgians? What has she done to demonstrate her core principles in her previous work? I see nothing that indicates any intellectual deficiency… in fact, I see that she has achieved more, with less, than many of her opponents and certainly more than most of her anonymous naysayers.

This college degree business is a non-issue. Likewise, I already illustrated that those complaining about the “full term” question now probably voted for Obama, who served an even shorter time before seeking an even higher office. I find it amusing to watch them try to justify getting bent out of shape over Karen Handel and pretend that it isn’t just partisanship.

Merry Christmas to all.

Cutty

December 23rd, 2009
11:25 am

Joe- Let’s answer that question you posed…… What HAS she done to demonstrate her core principles in her previous work?

Your father’s ability to work himself into a better life for him and his family should be commended. However, that was in a different time. Most without a college degree now are forced into a trade profession or something in the service industry. Being associated with academics yourself, I would’ve thought you saw the matriculation to college as something that shows inquisitiveness and a thirst for knowledge. Imagine Governor Handel going to a school in Georgia to promote education to middle school or high school kids. They’d laugh her out of the building because she doesn’t have the authority to speak to them of the importance of education.

IMO, any person seeking to be the Chief Executive of Anything should have a college degree. It’s a non-starter to me for a candidate not to have one, and I cannot vote for her based on solely on that. Note that the issue is not with her quitting her SoS job, its the lack of a college degree. I’m interested in hearing why you can’t support Baker, but can support Handel. Obama had a Bachelors degree from Columbia and a JD from Harvard. I believe he was qualified to make the jump to the next level. Handel, not so much.

Burnt by her before

December 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Ding dong the witch is gone. Did you know that when she took office, she had a wall built in to exclude herself from view. She will not walk anywhere on Capitol Hill alone, she always has a blonde headed bafoon walking with her to eliminate the chance of Mrs. Handle being approached by someone. She has never had anyone stand up to her. She likes to intimidate. She’s has actually used the phrase, “I am the Secretary of State, and I expect to be treated as such”. to her own staff member. She loves to yell and get in your face.

Her Directors do not like her. Much Joy surrounded her staff yesterday when this announcement was released. Which, by the way – she informed the AJC before her own staff. That should tell you how dedicated she is or was to her team. Unless it was to the benefit of herself, we her employess have not been impressed with this creature. I could not imagine letting this thing run the state. She has burnt too many bridges.

She is as phoney as any other person running for office. But I would say even more so. We are all glad to see her go. There will be no party from her staff as there was for Cathy Cox. We just want her gone.

If you think she would make a good Govenor, then hire her to work at your company for a few minutes, I bet you will change your mind.

So long nut job!

Joe

December 23rd, 2009
1:30 pm

Look, Cutty et al — if you dislike her political stance, that’s your right as a citizen. I disagree. I admire her and do not buy the “it’s a different time” argument, as I think it’s really just a smokescreen for a political disagreement.

I respectfully submit that you are making an error in your thinking by assuming that because the pursuit of a college degree often demonstrates inquisitiveness and an appreciation of the importance of education, that therefore the lack of a degree implies the opposite. That is a fallacy. My father has no degree but instilled in me a great love of learning and respect for education. I’m sure you can think of any number of people in your life today who have no degree but who have achieved great things. The lack of a formal education does not imply a disrespect for it.

Bottom line – vote for who you wish, but let’s not proceed with the charade that because Handel has no college diploma, she isn’t qualified to be a leader. That is hogwash. You may find her unacceptable on other grounds, and that’s up to your interpretation of her actions and positions in comparison to your political principles. Fair enough. But it’s a fallacy (and a form of bigotry) to presume a lack of intellectual capacity based solely on the absence of a degree. I encountered many professors in college (and continue to do so today) who had doctorates but whose intellectual capacity and “inquisitiveness” would surely disappoint you as it did me.

Merry Christmas, Americans.

Cutty

December 23rd, 2009
1:49 pm

Joe- Wow! I considered our discussion healthy political debate. I never too any cheap shots at Handel, only discussed facts in which I knew them. No need to get all up in arms. Its Christmas Eve Eve. And bigotry is defined as “stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.” Don’t see where her lack of a degree applies. But nonetheless, Merry Christmas dude!

TANSTAAFL

December 23rd, 2009
3:33 pm

Jeeze Louise,

It’s sheer pandemonium over here at the secret underground Libertarian Command Center (LCC) on the news that Sec State Handle is quitting her office to focus on her run for the republican nomination for Governor. We were hoping that she might read title 10 and title 21 of the OCGA over the holidays and finally see the light on electronic petitioning. We even had the third certified letter all addressed and everything! Now we have to start all over with what ever Nimrod Sonny appoints to finish out her term.

Life is not fair and we’ll have to content ourselves with helping Libertarian Taylor Bryant in his bid to win Augusta’s special election for State Senate District 22. It’s the only real race in Georgia at the moment and will be first election of the 2010 cycle. Once we get done with that it’s back to pounding on the Sec States door about equal ballot access for all Georgians.

We just hope that who ever gets the gig can read.

Joe

December 23rd, 2009
5:08 pm

> I cannot vote for her based on solely on that.

This is my point. If you disagree with her positions on issues, that’s one thing. But to eliminate a candidate from consideration based solely on a diploma is, I think, a prejudiced approach that doesn’t consider that there is more to wisdom than knowledge, and that college is not the sole source of education. I didn’t think my comment was particularly hostile. I don’t support Baker’s political stances, regardless of his diplomas. Ditto with Obama. Frankly, someone whose fundamental politics I oppose becomes even less desirable the more so-called “education” they have. But I don’t support or oppose someone based on their diplomas or lack of same. I do not think a lack of a diploma is the same as lack of knowledge or inquisitiveness, as was suggested earlier. Circumstances vary for people in their lives… the real question is, what have you made out of what you had? What have you achieved, despite disadvantages and obstacles?

Merry Christmas, Americans.

Intown Lib

December 23rd, 2009
5:36 pm

Karen Handel is now a quitter. She’s just like Sarah Palin except uglier and meaner.

tc

December 24th, 2009
7:34 am

wonder if she can spell potato(e)?

Sarmiento

December 24th, 2009
8:50 am

Since elected to Sec of State, Karen Handel has run the SOS office with a leadership staff of underhanded, conniving, distrusting, backstabbing and lying individuals. These traits of the body were passed down and in direct correlation to its’ leader (Handel). The Office of Inspector General, under the incompetent and unscrupulous leadership of Shawn LaGrua, has displayed unfair and blantant hiring schemes

Sarmiento

December 24th, 2009
9:13 am

which has subjected the office to a series of EEOC complaints and a pending federal lawsuit. If you inquire with remaining employees with the Office of Inspector General, many would be enlightened with some of the tactics, schemes and corrupt behavior resulting in adverse actions against minorities and those who elected not to conform to the “wicked practices of their daily workings”.

The Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon, Ga dwindled from 5 minority Directors to ZERO under Handel’s administration. Hiring practices of Handel and her cronies has been classic textbook definitions of RACISM and DISCRIMINATION in 2009, and has been very blantant, obvious and overwhelming! However, chatting with Caucasians with past work experiences under this administration would yield “eye opening” feedback as this group have clearly depicted the will and desire of “wannabees” who would fail to recognize CHARACTER if it stared them directly in the face!

C M Buckner

December 25th, 2009
7:22 am

Since Karen says that she doesn’t want to take taxpayer money while she’s campaigning for governor, she should give back the salary she received for the last three years because her greatest focus since walking into this office has been to get her campaign to run for governor up and going. She wouldn’t be resigning now except that she clearly feels that she is behind. According to her employees, Karen has staff to walk with her to help keep citizens from “Asking her dumb questions.”

Rhonda Atlanta

December 25th, 2009
7:40 am

No Handel fan, I will support Jeff Chapman….but most of you people are idiots!

Carol Halbert

December 25th, 2009
6:33 pm

Good Luck!!! You’re gonna need it.

Georgia Native

December 25th, 2009
10:05 pm

She never cared about her office; it was only a stepping stone for her. Go away Karen and never darken the doors of a Georgia public office again.

Concerned Citizen

December 28th, 2009
9:29 am

Since elected to Sec of State, Karen Handel has run the SOS office with a leadership staff of underhanded, conniving, distrusting, backstabbing and lying individuals. These traits of the body were passed down and in direct correlation to its’ leader (Handel). The Office of Inspector General, under the incompetent and unscrupulous leadership of Shawn LaGrua, has displayed unfair and blantant hiring schemes which has subjected the office to a series of EEOC complaints and a pending federal lawsuit. If you inquire with remaining employees with the Office of Inspector General, many would be enlightened with some of the tactics, schemes and corrupt behavior resulting in adverse actions against minorities and those who elected not to conform to the “wicked practices of their daily workings”.

The Professional Licensing Boards Division in Macon, Ga dwindled from 5 minority Directors to ZERO under Handel’s administration. Hiring practices of Handel and her cronies has been classic textbook definitions of RACISM and DISCRIMINATION in 2009, and has been very blantant, obvious and overwhelming! However, chatting with Caucasians with past work experiences under this administration would yield “eye opening” feedback as this group have clearly depicted the will and desire of “wannabees” who would fail to recognize CHARACTER if it stared them directly in the face!

Example- 1. Election Division employee fired for making racist comment to black employer.
2. HR Director with tarnished bacground fired from previous employer for sex harsmt.
3. Three major complaints filed against OIG with the State AGs Inspector General office.

For more details see Garland Favorito’s website vorterga.org

AJ

December 29th, 2009
11:14 am

Is this Georgia’s version of Sarah Palin? Hey Karen ,can you see Stone Mountain from your backyard?

ShruteBeets

December 29th, 2009
5:43 pm

Golden Dome Live Administrators:
Why are you blocking my posts?

ShruteBeets

December 29th, 2009
5:55 pm

Golden Dome Live Administrators:

(Why do you keep rejecting this submission?)

Please help me understand. You don’t delete posts containing vile,
incendiary–not to mention baseless–remarks about Ms. Handel and her
associates. Yet you did find it necessary to delete the following post
I made on December 22:

Shout out to VoterGA Supporter, Garland and Oldtimer for helping to
validate my thesis in an earlier post that the ajc doesn’t feel the
need to adhere to fundamental journalism practices because it believes
so many of its readers are…how shall I put this…not hitting on all
cognitive cylinders?
VoterGA Supporter: I saw your 6:59 pm post in the Guinness Book of
World Records under the heading, Longest Post Without a Single Lucid
Thought. Congratulations!
Garland: In your 8:21 pm post, you said we should go to
http://www.voterga.org to find out why Ms. Handel resigned. I went to
http://www.voterga.org. Browsed around a good half hour or so. Never
found those reasons for Ms. Handel’s resignation. Never even found the
reason for the website. Guiness is creating a brand new category just
for http://www.voterga.org: Most Stunningly Incomprehensible Website
EVER! I noticed numerous solicitations for donations on the site. Are
you going to tell me that people actually donate money AFTER they’ve
visited that site? In the future, you might want to forgo the website
invite and go straight to the donation request.
Oldtimer: Your 10:41 pm comment was, “As a retired teacher NO to
Barnes forever!!” Interesting contribution….even though it comes from
out of nowhere.

You claim in your Visitor Agreement the right to delete postings that
you consider unacceptable or inappropriate. Please provide some
insight into how you distinguish betweeen what is unacceptable or
inappropriate and what isn’t. My guess is that the distinction is as
fleeting as the wisdom to be gleaned from a Cynthia Tucker column. Do
tell.

Xiphosura

December 30th, 2009
9:02 am

Another Republican quitter.

ShruteBeets

December 30th, 2009
12:44 pm

Golden Dome Live Administrators:

Please help me understand. You don’t delete posts containing vile, incendiary–not to mention baseless–remarks about Ms. Handel and her associates. Yet you do delete my December 22 post in which I playfully refute contributions from fellow bloggers.

What’s up with that? Isn’t a little good-natured banter what you’re after in a blog?

You’ve also been blocking my attempts to re-submit the post. Why not let it on and see what other bloggers have to say?

You claim in your Visitor Agreement the right to delete postings that you consider unacceptable or inappropriate. Please provide some insight into how you distinguish betweeen what is unacceptable or inappropriate and what isn’t.

Could it be that Cynthia Tucker oversees the Golden Dome Live blog when she’s not writing one of her moronic columns? Do tell.

ShruteBeets

December 30th, 2009
3:17 pm

Thanks for restoring the post referenced in my previous remarks. However, why have you added the following statement to that post: “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” It’s the only post on the entire blog with that statement.

Nathan

January 3rd, 2010
8:14 pm

Hmm, three complaints filed against the SOS inspector’s office on Dec 21st. Then the SOS resigns on Dec 22nd. Coincidence?

http://voterga.org/more/index.cfm?Fuseaction=more_15727